Good working in a changing work environment

Evidence on working life for women and young people contributes to the development of proposed new rights for flexible workers.

Evidence from two studies using British Household Panel Survey (now succeeded by Understanding Society) data contributed to the independent review ‘Good Work: The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices’. The first of these included studies was the Department for Education report ‘Young people’s education and labour market choices aged 16/17 to 18/19’. The second study was an Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) report ‘The Gender Wage Gap’.

The Government accepted the majority of the recommendations of the Taylor Review. Following further consultation with stakeholders, the Government produced a policy paper ‘The Good Work Plan’ that outlines its future plans. Alongside this policy paper, the Government has made a public statement that it intends to introduce new legislation with new rights for flexible workers.

The Government is positioning the proposed reforms as a key element of its Industrial Strategy, which aims to boost productivity throughout the UK.

Findings from the research

The DFE research on young people’s education and labour market choices found long-term implications for being that being NEET (not in education, training or employment) as a young person. Being NEET at 18/19 was associated with a higher likelihood of being NEET five and ten years later.

The IFS research on the gender wage gap found that the wage gap widens after the birth of the first child and persists long-term. This finding ‘suggests that changes in women’s working patterns after the arrival of children may well be important in explaining this wage gap’.

Both studies also included evidence from other sources.

Further information

The report: Good Work: The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices.

The DFE Research Report: Young people’s education and labour market choices aged 16/17 to 18/19 (DFE-RR182).

The IFS report: The Gender Wage Gap (IFS Briefing Note BN186).

The Government produced a policy paper: The Good Work Plan.

The Government press release accompanying the ‘The Good Work Plan’ policy paper.